This morning my mum reminded me of the Fall Artsploration annual show and sale which happens tomorrow, Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre in Calgary. (Psst.. the photo above is from a different art show I recently attended, and will share with you in a few days.)
The details from the Hillhurst Sunnyside website are:
Friday November 8 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday November 9 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre
1320 5th Avenue N.W. Calgary, Alberta
Door prizes and refreshments
I’ll be going to the show, because it’s the show hosted by my mum’s art teacher (along with other professional artists), and features work by many of her classmates! I wasn’t able to go last year because the date fell during a TERRIBLE snow storm, and we weren’t keen on leaving the house and braving the winter roads, but the year before we went and the show was amazing – a great space totally filled with artwork from a variety of artists. Some had huge paintings for sale (and quite reasonable too…) and others had even done little art cards, perfect for art lovers with smaller spaces or to give away.
So many art & craft shows!
Of course, since we’re approaching the holiday season, there are SO many art and craft shows these days… I don’t think there’s a single weekend without several!
The Millarville Christmas Market is this weekend – held at the Millarville Racetrack (south-west of Calgary) admission is $5.00/person or $10.00/carload (so you can easily bring your whole family for the price of two adults). Along with arts and crafts, there are indoor and outdoor activities, so lets hope this weekend has nice weather!
Of course there’s the Art Market Craft sale – November 14-17 with “over 200 professional artisans from across Canada present an amazing selection of quality art and craft” and a $10.00 admission cost for the Telus Convention centre (Click the link for a coupon for $2.00 off the admission)
And the other big one in Calgary is the Festival of Crafts at the BMO Centre at the Stampede grounds, November 28-December 1st showing “250 of the best artisans that Canada has to offer” and a $7.00 admission price.
And then the smaller shows…
Although the big shows are well-known, and attract some of the bigger names, I am way more interested in attending some of the smaller shows this season! I like the idea of buying from local artists and artisans… and I think that the smaller shows have less of a “trade show” feel (complete with irrelevant vendors) and more of a real art show feel!
There are a couple of websites to help you find out about upcoming shows – http://calgaryarea.com/index.php?p=craftsales has a nice list, as does http://www.calgarycraftsales.com/ which is arranged in an easy-to-read Google calendar style. You can also follow Twitter feeds like
@EtsyAlbertaTeam or @ABCraftAlert for up-to-date information.
For instance, this weekend there is also:
- The 7th Annual Crestmont Christmas Market – Friday 3-8:00 p.m., Sat & Sun 10-4pm – 12400 Crestmont Blvd SW
- The 21st Annual Glamorgan Christmas Craft Fair – Friday 5 – 9:00 p.m. pm Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – 4207 – 41 AV SW
- Parkdale’s Crafts & More Fair – Friday 4-9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – 3512 – 5th Ave. NW
and loads more! Including ones in McKenzie Towne, Lake Bonavista, Valley Ridge, Bowness, Haysboro, Bridlewood, Crestmont, Oakridge, and Hillhurst. Since Glamorgan is close to me, I’ll probably check out that one too – what about yourself? Are there any arts & craft fairs you’re looking forward to shopping at as we rev up for the holiday season? Will you be making a lot of your own gifts this year, buying local, or heading to the mall instead?